American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous usually small arthropod animals of the class Insecta, having an adult stage characterized by three pairs of legs and a body segmented into head, thorax, and abdomen and usually having two pairs of wings. Insects include the flies, crickets, mosquitoes, beetles, butterflies, and bees.
- n. Any of various similar arthropod animals, such as spiders, centipedes, or ticks. See Regional Note at lightning bug.
- n. An insignificant or contemptible person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small, usually winged and many-legged, invertebrate creature whose body appears to consist of several segments: a term used in popular speech without exactitude, being applied not only to flies, fleas, dragon-flies, butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, crickets, grasshoppers, roaches, beetles, bugs, lice, and other familiar creatures properly called insects, but also, improperly, to other small creatures whose structure and relations are not popularly understood, as the so-called coral insect, which is an actinozoan.
- n. In zoology, any member of the class or other division of animals called Insecta; an arthropod; a condylopod; an articulated animal with articulated legs, especially one with six such legs; a hexapod. See Insecta and Hexapoda, 1.
- Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of an insect or insects: as, insect transformations; insect architecture.
- Like an insect in any respect; small; mean; contemptible.
- To seek or catch insects, as a bird does.
- n. An arthropod in the class Insecta, characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.
- n. colloquial Any small arthropod similar to an insect including spiders, centipedes, millipedes, etc
- n. A contemptible or powerless person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the Insecta; esp., one of the Hexapoda. See insecta.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any air-breathing arthropod, as a spider or scorpion.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any small crustacean. In a wider sense, the word is often loosely applied to various small invertebrates.
- n. Fig.: Any small, trivial, or contemptible person or thing.
- adj. Of or pertaining to an insect or insects.
- adj. Like an insect; small; mean; ephemeral.
- n. small air-breathing arthropod
- n. a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
- From Latin insectum ("with a notched or divided body, cut up"), from perfect passive partciple of insecō ("I cut up"), from in- + secō ("I cut"), from the notion that the insect's body is "cut into" three sections. Calque of Ancient Greek ἔντομον ("insect"), from ἔντομος ("cut into pieces"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin īnsectum, from neuter past participle of īnsecāre, to cut up (translation of Greek entomon, segmented, cut up, insect) : in-, in; see in-2 + secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If you are stung on the neck or throat area, inside your mouth or the gastrointestinal tract (this commonly occurs when the insect is swallowed along with a beverage), there is a moderate risk for a complication.”
“In the case of pesticide resistance because the breathing skin of the insect is dysfunctional, is the creature really "more fit"?”
“Although, as I said before, I know only a few insects, I at once had the impression of something undreamed-of, something extremely bizarre — the impression, let us say, of an insect from the moon.”
“The insect is irresistibly drawn to the sweet-smelling nectar and enters the mouth.”
“Here's the source report: Deet inhibits cholinesterase: Evidence for inhibition of cholinesterases in insect and mammalian nervous systems by the insect repellent deet (BioMed Central)”
“Anya McKenzie, aged seven, bends forward to scrutinise a small brown object over which an insect is scurrying.”
“And pesticides are harmful to birds, causing effects ranging from a reduction in insect food to thinning eggshells.”
“The insect is exposed to the odour in controlled pulses and simultaneously rewarded with sugar syrup.”
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